Economist Rajiv Kumar to be Niti Aayog’s New Vice-Chairman

Kumar, a senior fellow at the Centre for Policy Research,  will take up the reins from economist Arvind Panagariya, who put in his papers four days ago.

Rajiv Kumar. Credit: Twitter

Rajiv Kumar. Credit: Twitter

New Delhi: Senior economist Rajiv Kumar will be the new vice-chairman of the Niti Aayog, the government’s think-tank whose current head Arvind Panagariya quit four days ago.

Earlier this week, 64-year-old Panagairya surprisingly stepped down as vice-chairman after deciding to head back to the United States to return to his academic career at Columbia University. Panagariya’s tenure will end on August 31, and Kumar will presumably assume his duties from September 1, 2017.

According to ANI , the fourth member vacancy of the think-tank has also been filled, with Vinod Paul, head of pediatrics at AIIMS, also being appointed to the the Niti Aayog.

Kumar is the managing director of the Pahle India Foundation and currently a senior fellow at the Centre for Policy Research (CPR). Before joining CPR, Kumar has held senior positions at the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry. the Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations and the Confederation of Indian Industries.

An Oxford-trained economist, Kumar has also done stints at the Asian Development Bank and spent a significant amount of time in the commerce and finance ministry in the 1990s.